28-goal striker locked in a hotel for three days by the sporting director to stop Liverpool move

28-goal striker locked in a hotel for three days by the sporting director to stop Liverpool move

The director of football operations for Napoli, Cristiano Giuntoli, ‘locked’ Victor Osimhen inside a hotel room in an effort to convince the player to sign with the Serie A club rather than go to Liverpool in 2020.

Giandomenico Costi, a former teammate of Giuntoli’s, disclosed the strategy that Napoli employed in order to gain the services of Osimhen, who has since gone on to become one of the most feared forwards in Europe. Costi was Giuntoli’s previous teammate.


Before Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia helped Napoli win their first Serie A title in 33 years, the Napoli director managed their signings and was responsible for negotiating their contracts.

The Nigerian striker moved from Lille to Napoli and has gone on to score 47 goals in 80 total matches for both club and country, including 28 goals across all competitions in the current campaign. There has been speculation that clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, and Bayern Munich could make a play for him this summer.
According to comments made by Costi to the Italian publication Tuttosport (translated by Football Italia), “the signing of Osimhen is Giuntoli’s greatest masterpiece.” Three days were spent with Osimhen being confined inside a motel room. Giuntoli was aware that Liverpool were interested, and that Jurgen Klopp had made his proposal, but Cristiano spoke to Osimhen at the hotel for three days until he convinced him to accept Napoli’s offer. Giuntoli was aware that Liverpool were interested.

“He had a lot of pep in his step. Giuntoli is a director who will phone you one hundred times each day on average. He was quite familiar with Victor and had even followed him to Charleroi at one point.

28-goal striker locked in a hotel for three days by the sporting director to stop Liverpool move